Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is custom magic?

    For clients looking for a unique VIP experience, I create highly entertaining original magic presentation based on the theme of the event. This magic is just for you, and the only time it happens in the world is at your event. These made to order effect can be based on a story you want to tell, on your companies key talking points, or on a guest of honor's interests. 

    Some recent examples: 

    * NY Times Best Selling business author Mike Michalowicz  hired me to start his conference with a fun, high energy spectacle. After reading his most recent (amazing) book, I created a highly visual comedy magic routine that incorporated the book's key themes.

    * MGM hosted a sustainability conference for Fortune 500 CEOs from around the country, and wanted to acknowledge each CEOs commitment to sustainability. I made custom magic routines that acknowledged each individual, and tied each routine into the theme of the event. 

    * Two surgeons hired me to entertain at their 400 person wedding! I made pictures of each of them taken during their residencies visually transform into a framed photo of the two of them together, which they kept as a wedding gift.

    * Facebook threw a party for their partners at Samsung, and asked me to designed some magic featuring Samsung's newest phone. This has lead to many other events for Facebook, with lots of other really fun custom magic projects. 

    * Luxury skin care line La Praire Switzerland invited me to perform at an event for its top sales people. I made diamonds, pearls, and precious stones transform into the beauty products La Praire make from those ingredients. 

  • What show format is best for my event?
    The fastest way to get exact format recommendations is to fill out all the fields on the contact page.The more details you can share the better!
  • Can I see you perform live?
    Absolutely. While my business is primarily private corporate and private social events, I'd be happy to look up my next public show in your area. Just contact me with your city & state, and I'll let you know what I have coming up.
  • How far in advance should I contact you?
    The sooner the better. I will accept bookings up to 18 months in advance. I love last minute shows, though I can’t guarantee my availability! Please use the contact form on this screen for a quick reply.
  • My venue requires all vendors to be insured. Do you have a policy?
    Yes – I’m fully insured for $5 million dollars. And rest assured – I don’t do anything remotely dangerous in my show! If your venue requires it you can download my policy here.
  • How much space do you need / what are your staging requirements?
    SIT DOWN SHOWS: for the best show possible, please see my staging requirements

    STROLLING MAGIC: No special staging needed. Strolling magic is most successful when your guests and I can easily hear each other. Your guests will have the best experience if I’m not near loud music.
  • Would your show be appropriate for my next work function?

    Absolutely! A lot of companies book my show for conferences, office parties, cocktail mixers, etc. Always a huge hit!

  • Do you travel?

    Yes. I am available internationally.

  • Do you work with Event Planners?

    Absolutely! I’m always interested in working with event planners with high professional standards and a positive attitude towards end clients and entertainers. If we decide to work together, I will represent your brand with integrity, professionalism, and showmanship.

  • When did you first get into magic?
    When I was about 9 years old I saw an absolutely hysterical magic show. Two magicians were going to perform a guillotine act, and they spent what seemed like a half hour arguing about who was going to go in the guillotine. I was instantly hooked.
  • How did you learn magic?
    I started out as a kid reading books at the library, and watching beginner magic VHS tapes. I knew by the time I was ten that I wanted to be either a magician or a comedy writer. After high school, I studied Acting / Drama at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, and at The William Esper Studio Those years weren’t dedicated to magic head on, but I studied comedy in depth, and it helped the show a lot. After I graduated from acting school, I was lucky enough to take extensive private lessons with two performers who are legends in the magic world. Gazzo Osborne, a legendary English street performer, who was recently featured on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us”, and Whit Haydn, a brilliant magician and comedian, who regularly headlines at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. I went full time in the early 2,000’s, and have been developing my own magic ever since.
  • Can you get me into the Magic Castle in Hollywood?
    Yes! I’m based out of the East Coast, but I am a member of Hollywood’s famous “Magic Castle.” The Magic Castle is a Victorian Mansion dedicated to magic. Each room is dedicated to a different style of magic. It’s a really cool old school Hollywood haunt. I was honored to performing a few of my original tricks there in 2011. It is a private club, and you must have an invite to attend.
    If you are invited, there is a strict dress code, and no photography allowed, but it is beyond worth it. If you are going to be in LA, feel free to reach out to me about going.
  • Do you teach magic lessons?
    Yes. I teach both beginner and professional magic to a few private students each year.
  • How can I improve my speaking voice?
    I have found one “magic” technique that has been more helpful than everything else I’ve ever tried combined. I’ve taken private voice lessons, done tongue twisters galore, etc. and this has been WAY better. I spend 30-90 minutes a day reading my show script with the tip of a wine cork in between my front teeth. It has been amazing in improving the tone of my voice AND all articulation. Good luck!
  • I’m an aspiring magician, what kind of tricks should I do?

    You should do the kind of tricks that YOU like to see. If you like seeing things levitate, levitate things – if you like mind reading, learn mind reading. Do the strongest possible magic that you can pull off.

    There is a tendency among amateur magicians to sacrifice the power of the effect if it will make a routine easier to perform. ALWAYS do whatever you have to do to make the effect pure and powerful. If you have to practice 40 hours to get a trick up and running – DO IT. The hard way is often the easy way.

    Don’t do material that requires a long and dull setup phase. No spectator wants to count 3 piles of 14 cards for you! Keep your tricks direct – If you have to do a card trick, have them quickly find a card, and immediately have it appear in a sealed envelope in their wallet. Is that WAY harder? Sure. But you can do it, and the reward is HUGE. In “Maximum Entertainment”, Ken Weber makes a great point that every moment of a magic show should have one of three reactions 1) Wonder 2) Laughter 3) Rapt Attention.

    Work on a small amount of routines until they are KILLER, and then slowly ad more routines. An amateur practices until he gets it right – a pro practices until he can’t get it wrong!

  • What kind of gear do you recommend?
    Always invest in quality. Always. It will work better, cost less over the long run, and last longer.

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